**aAn original debut novel that is meditative, raw, and exuberant in tone, Aaron Shepard's When is a Man offers a fresh perspective on landscape and masculinity.** It’s no secret that our relationship with landscape has been at the heart of most Canadian literature from the get-go, whether it’s surviving a harsh prairie winter or just roughing it in the bush. Nonetheless, when I started researching my novel, When is a Man, I was surprised at how often I stumbled across the motif of drowned towns. Floods, apparently, aren’t just for Noah anymore. As I wrote, more books about dams and displacement kept popping up, a bit flood-like in their regularity.